All the Best Lies: A Mystery

All the Best Lies: A Mystery

by Joanna Schaffhausen

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The highly anticipated third novel in the award-winning Ellery Hathaway mystery series.

FBI agent Reed Markham is haunted by one painful unsolved mystery: who murdered his mother? Camilla was brutally stabbed to death more than forty years ago while baby Reed lay in his crib mere steps away. The trail went so cold that the Las Vegas Police Department has given up hope of solving the case. But then a shattering family secret changes everything Reed knows about his origins, his murdered mother, and his powerful adoptive father, state senator Angus Markham. Now Reed has to wonder if his mother's killer is uncomfortably close to home.

Unable to trust his family with the details of his personal investigation, Reed enlists his friend, suspended cop Ellery Hathaway, to join his quest in Vegas. Ellery has experience with both troubled families and diabolical murderers, having narrowly escaped from each of them. She's eager to skip town, too, because her own father, who abandoned her years ago, is suddenly desperate to get back in contact. He also has a secret that could change her life forever, if Ellery will let him close enough to hear it.

Far from home and relying only on each other, Reed and Ellery discover young Camilla had snared the attention of dangerous men, any of whom might have wanted to shut her up for good. They start tracing his twisted family history, knowing the path leads back to a vicious killer—one who has been hiding in plain sight for forty years and isn't about to give up now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250297389
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/11/2020
Series: Ellery Hathaway , #3
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 44,530
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

JOANNA SCHAFFHAUSEN wields a mean scalpel, skills developed in her years studying neuroscience. She has a doctorate in psychology, which reflects her long-standing interest in the brain—how it develops and the many ways it can go wrong. Previously, she worked for ABC News, writing for programs such as World News Tonight, Good Morning America, and 20/20. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and daughter. She is also the author of The Vanishing Season and No Mercy.

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All the Best Lies: A Mystery 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
MusicInPrint 13 days ago
Like the popular thing around; this story has its origin in a DNA test. I love genealogy and the paths that are traveled to uncover our pasts. Reed Markhan was adopted 40 years ago and took this test at the suggestion of his step sister. These results lead him on a search for his mothers' murderer. Helping him along is ex cop Ellery Hathaway who also has a past shrouded in dark shadows. Talented author telling a great story with the help of amazing characters. "A copy of this book was provided by St. Martin's Press via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." Even being a part of a series it stands alone quite well.
a_hartman 13 days ago
All the Best Lies, cleverly written by Joanna Schaffhausen, is a fine addition to the Ellery Hathaway series... Ms. Schaffhausen has cultivated these characters so wisely, that this new addition is a fantastic read that stays true to their story. Full of twists and turns as Reed seeks to find out who killed his mother -- Ellery is along as she may or may not be on suspension and is providing much-needed fresh eyes. As they explore his mother's last days in Las Vegas, as well as dig through old evidence, they are overwhelmed with family from both sides, as well as another case that may be linked. This is fantastic book - I read it in a day (and way into the night) as I could not put it down until I learned how the story line was resolved..
casey710 8 days ago
This book is the third in a series but reads well as a standalone. This story focuses more on FBI agent Reed Markham who wants to solves the unsolved mystery of who killed his mother when he was a baby. She was brut stabbed to death more than forty years ago. It has now become a cold case. He enlists the help of his friend Ellery who is still on leave to help him find out who committed this murder. I loved the first book in this series but the second one not so much and while I still think this author is cranking them out a little too fast (it shows in some of the writing) I think this one is my favorite. It was nice to read some of the backstory involving Reed. I am looking forward to a fourth but hope the writer takes her time. Thank you NetGalley for the advanced readers copy for review.
trollman 12 days ago
Terrific as a standalone but even better as part of the Ellery Hathaway series, All the Best Lies by Joanna Schauffhausen is an excellent suspense and murder mystery. I have read the first book in the series (The Vanishing Season and found it was very very good!) I missed No Mercy, which is the second book but plan to track it down and read it. See, the main character, Ellery is fascinating. She survived the horrific abduction and rape that made her famous and channeled her experiences into survival. She becomes a cop, but in this novel she is suspended while being investigated for a shooting. The man who rescued her so long ago, FBI Profile Reed Markam asks for her help this time in solving the mystery of his biological mother's mystery more than forty years ago. This novel escalates quickly at times....and there are ohter times where you see Reed and Ellery methodically going through evidence to track down clues to who the killer could be. There are many surprises in this novel and the plot kept me up reading way too late last night to finish the story. I am hoping there will be another book in the Ellery Hataway series very soon! Author Joanna Schaffhausen is great at including details from previous books so that the reader who starts with All the Best Lies is not lost if he or she has not read the other books. I really like that because I hate feeling like I am left out of the details. She also doesn't explain it in an annoying way if that makes sense. Thank you to NetGalley, author Joanna Schaffhausen, and publisher St Martin's Press for this digital advanced reader copy for me to devour and enjoy! As always, my opinions are my own.
LoriL2 12 days ago
FBI agent Reed Markham has saved more than a few lives, including Ellery Hathaway's, but there is one person whose death has haunted him for decades. Camilla Flores was just a poor waitress when someone brutally murdered her in front of her four-month-old son. Forty years later, the Las Vegas PD wants to lay the case to rest but Reed isn't ready to forget about it—not until he finds his birth mother's killer, anyway. With Ellery's help, he sets out to unravel the mystery of Camilla's past. It's not his first attempt to solve the crime but he's determined that it will be his last, even if finding the murderer means destroying the lives of everyone he loves. All the Best Lies is the third—and best--novel in Joanna Schaffhausen's series. I loved the first book for its fast-paced plot as well as its complex characters, and the second for the developing relationship between Reed and Ellery. The third book surpasses the first two, both in terms of plot and character. Reed's race to find his mother's killer is compelling with plenty of twists right up until the last pages of the book. The evolving romance between Reed and Ellery is just as good. It's far from an easy relationship because of Ellery's past, but the connection is strong enough that I wanted them to keep pushing forward. I liked that Schaffhausen didn't simply throw them into bed together at the appropriate chapter—the one-step-forward, one-step-back progression is convincing and emotionally loaded, even if it is frustrating at times. I don't want to mention any spoilers but I will say that my favorite scene involved Ellery's struggle to find a dress for a “date” eating take-out pizza in a hotel room. This is first and foremost a mystery, but the book also has a lot to say about family and about healing. I enjoyed the settings in the first two books, and the Las Vegas locale works just as well, if not better. Schaffhausen captures the city's glitz but she shows its darker side too. I'm guessing there will be more books in the series and look forward to new locations, as well as old secrets. I'd also like to see how Ellery and Reed's relationship continues to change. Much thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Denice_L 12 days ago
There have been many headlines lately on the surprises the availability of DNA tests to the public have brought to light. It was only a matter of time before an author worked the headline into a story. Luckily for us, it's Joanna Schaffhausen. If you have not read the first books in this series, it is well worth your precious reading time to do so, but it will not take anything away from this book. This major mystery starts with a cold case murder and then adds the surprising DNA results to build suspense. BUT, our team must deal with some unexpected twists and some very big attitudes before they get to the bottom of what happened in that hotel room 40 years ago.
Jolie 13 days ago
All the Best Lies is Reed’s story. Reed’s biological mother was brutally murdered when Reed was four months old. A prominent senator adopted him and but he always had questions about his mother. Then, a DNA test threw his world into a tailspin. The results of that DNA test makes Reed take another look at his mother’s unsolved murder. But, someone doesn’t want that murder solved, and they will do anything to keep it that way. What was in that DNA test, and who killed Reed’s mother? And what is tying them together? All the Best Lies is the 3rd book in the Ellery Hathaway series. This book cannot be read as a standalone. You do need to read books 1 and 2 to understand Ellery and Reed’s relationship as well as Reed’s relationship with his family. If you do decide to pick the book up and read it, be prepared to be confused. I loved Reed. He was determined to find out exactly what happened to his mother. His reactions to certain people in the book were right on. I would have been mad too!!! The only thing I didn’t agree with was when he went off on his own towards the end of the book. I liked that Ellery took a step back in this book. What I mean by taking a step back is that her backstory and issues weren’t made the focal point of the book. She was still the same kick-ass ex-cop who went out of her way to help Reed. I didn’t agree with the romance angle of the book. It didn’t seem right to have a romance between Ellery and Reed. I understood why the author did it (to show how far Ellery had come) but still. The plotline about Reed’s mother’s murder was fantastic. The author did a great job of keeping the killer under wraps. Several red herrings were thrown out. I went back and forth about who killed Camilla and mentally kicked myself when the killer was revealed. I also loved the twist that was thrown in at the end. I did not see that coming. The plotline about Ellery and her father broke my heart into little bits. I wanted to smack the crap out of her father. I understood her feelings about what he asked. I would have been torn too. The end of All the Best Lies was terrific. The author did a great job of wrapping up all of the plotlines and bringing them together. I loved how Ellery was able to get the killer. Well, she had help but still. It was fantastic. I do wonder if there is going to be a book 4.
Katie__B 13 days ago
I rolled the dice with this one because I hadn't read the first 2 books in the series. Thankfully my gamble paid off and I really enjoyed this one. I liked the characters so much I'm motivated to go read the other books just so I can learn more about them. FBI agent Reed Markham's mother Camilla was stabbed to death years ago when Reed was a baby. The Las Vegas Police Department eventually gave up on solving the case and Reed has decided now is the time to find his mother's killer once and for all. Ellery Hathaway has been suspended from her job as a cop but she has a close relationship with Reed and he asks for her help in chasing down leads. However as he digs for the truth he might find it comes at a terrible price for both him and his loved ones. Even though this is the third book in the series, it was super easy to just jump right in without knowing anything and this definitely can be read as a standalone novel. The bits of backstory about both Reed and Ellery that were provided by the author are intriguing and I thought they were both fascinating characters. I am also quite interested to find out what future books might have in store for Reed and Ellery. As for the mystery element of the story, I thought it was well-done. Early on I did have a bit of a theory and for the most part it turned out to be true. Notice I said for the most part. The story does take an unexpected turn that I thought was pretty awesome. Overall, I thought this was a satisfying mystery led by a fantastic duo of characters. I read police detective novels quite often and it's pretty rare for me to connect this much with the lead characters. Highly recommend giving this one a look, regardless of whether or not you are familiar with the series. I received a free copy of this book from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.
RowingRabbit 13 days ago
Ever since I read the ending of No Mercy, I’ve been waiting for the next book in this series. FBI agent Reed Markham got some news that left us all pretty gobsmacked so if you haven’t read that one…*clears throat*…POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD. Duty done. Proceed at your peril. When it comes to Reed’s career, he’ll probably be remembered as the man who rescued a young kidnap victim named Ellery Hathaway. But there’s another case that has always haunted him…the unsolved murder of his biological mother in 1975. It went cold decades ago but there’s been a new development. In a shocking twist, Reed recently learned the identity of his real father & he has to wonder. Is this man the killer? It’s time to face his past. His adoptive parents are less than thrilled as Reed makes plans to return to Vegas, the scene of the crime. Now all he needs is a partner. Ellery Hathaway endured unimaginable horrors after she was kidnapped by a psychopath as a teenager. She’s always had a strong bond with Reed & grew up to become a cop. Unfortunately, her last case resulted in her being suspended so when Reed asks her to accompany him to Vegas, she’s all in. There are a couple of good reasons to leave town. First, she has way too much time on her hands. Second, her estranged father has suddenly reappeared & wants to talk. Yup, Vegas sounds like a great idea. And they’re off. What follows is a twisty story full of all the challenges that go with trying to solve a cold case. Digging up old dirt, tracking down those involved & connecting with local law enforcement are just some of the difficulties they face. Cooperation is hard to come by & they’re forced to get creative. Meanwhile, Reed & Ellery continue to deal with (or dodge) interference from their respective families. There are some great new characters in this outing. But it’s the further development of a few returning characters that makes things really interesting. In particular, we get to see a whole new side of Reed’s adoptive mother & it made me reassess my opinion of her. One thing I noticed was the significant amount of time spent detailing Ellery’s history. I think it’s a hard call for authors writing a series…..just how much of the past do you include in subsequent books? For readers like me who’ve been following along, it yanks you out of the present & slows the pace as it’s ground that’s already been covered extensively. It’s a matter of personal taste but the good news is you’ll have no problem picking up the overall story line if you’re jumping in here. This is equal parts family drama & cold case mystery. The pace ramps up to a pulse pounding finish but not everything is neatly resolved. Through all the adventures & respective personal issues, Reed & Ellery continue to circle each other as they try to define their relationship. There are sparks but also some big roadblocks so it will be interesting to see where the author takes them in the next instalment.
Anonymous 7 hours ago
Another good read in the Ellery Hathaway series. Really did not expect what happened in this book but enjoyed it nevertheless. Hope there are more to come.I received an advanced reader copy of this book which in no way had any effect on my enjoyment of this book. Really enjoy this series.
fencerdoug 2 days ago
I stayed up into the small hours reading this book. I didn’t want to wait until tomorrow or sometime in the undetermined future to find out the answer to the mystery. This is the third Ellery Hathaway story, but I am coming to this book without having read the previous two. At the beginning of the story, Hathaway is being investigated by the Internal Affairs office of the Woodbury Massachusetts Police department where she is an officer. She is being helped by her friend FBI Agent Reed Markham whose life she recently saved in a shooting for which she is being investigated. Of course she is suspended from duty during the investigation. But Reed has his own, separate, problem. Through one of those find-out-your-ancestry DNA tests, he recently found that his adoptive father, powerful Senator Angus Markham of Virginia, is also his biological father. This leads him and Hathaway, who’s assistance he enlists, to Las Vegas to investigate the 44 year old cold case of his mother’s murder. Camilla Flores had been brutally murdered in her own apartment with her four-month-old baby (Reed) in the next room. The case had remained active for many years, but was now dead, and the FBI has given Reed permission to investigate. Neither the FBI nor the Las Vegas police knew who the father of Camilla’s baby was, but Reed’s DNA test gives him a new clue in the case. But who is the murderer? Is it his own father the respected senator? The senator’s chief of staff? The drug dealer in her neighborhood whom she had accused of attempted murder and who had sworn to kill her? Perhaps her best friend? Her cop boyfriend? Someone else? All seem plausible in one way or another. I was sure I had it figured out (motive, access, personality type), and was raging at the stupidity of the characters when evidence showed I was mistaken. “Ooh! Maybe it’s this other scenario?” No not that either. Schaffhausen kept me guessing up until the end. And when the end came all the pieces fell together neatly. Yes, the murderer had means, and motive. But wait! What about this piece of evidence that doesn’t fit? Ah, “a two person job” I think. I have a new hypothesis involving my favorite suspect in league with the known killer. Nope, wrong again. The new twist was beautiful and the evidence for it had been carefully laid out so that we are not really surprised so much as we are kicking ourselves for not seeing it earlier. In sum, this was a wonderfully entertaining read that I can recommend highly to anyone who likes a good mystery.
Momma_Becky 3 days ago
Ellery and Reed are back, and this time, the case is personal for Reed. Technically, All the Best Lies is a police procedural, except this pair doesn't exactly follow procedure. Whatever their methods, it makes for an entertaining and exciting read. In addition to the suspense of the case, the connection between Ellery and Reed increases. Now, here's where I'll say that technically, this book can be read as a standalone, but in order to get the full impact of the dynamic between these two, I would recommend reading the books in order. There's been a lot of push and pull between our main characters with good reason, but the chemistry has grown despite their hesitance. So, I suppose this one is a little procedural and a little romantic suspense, and Schaffhausen brings it all together in spectacular fashion in this third Ellery Hathaway book. The romance isn't the hearts and flowers of a traditional love story, but the feelings between Reed and Ellery come through loud and clear, and it's impossible not to root for them. The suspense in this one revolves around the murder of Reed's mother, and the author gives us a fair amount of red herrings to consider as things progress. In the end, I guessed some of the answers, but it kept me in the dark enough to keep the pages turning at a good clip. All in all, this is a good addition to the series, and the conclusion was perfect for these characters. I don't know if there is another book planned for the series, but I certainly hope so as I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to these characters.
Christine_QueenofBooks 5 days ago
An unpredictable mystery! Thank you to Minotaur for a free arc for review. Are you continually disappointed by the utter predictability of the hottest thrillers out there? Look no further. All the Best Lies was my first in the Ellery Hathaway series by Joanna Schaffhausen. While it's third in the series, I read it as a stand-alone and feel it works on that level. Reed, Ellery's...friend? love interest? former savior? has recently been promoted within the FBI and has the leeway to take on an unsolved case: His mother's murder. Ellery meets him in Las Vegas where the two start investigating various leads and dead-ends. The pacing was a bit slow; it took me about 100 pages to feel engaged with the story. But the absolute best thing about this book (if you ask me) is that I wasn't sure how it would play out. How rare is that!? Though this is a book in the "Ellery Hathaway" series, it did feel more like Reed's show than hers - perhaps because it was his family member they're investigating? He mansplains to Ellery at least once, which I really didn't care for, and overall made him pretty unlikable to me. But I recognize that that's realistic, sooo... I'll stop waffling between 3 and 4 stars and just settle on 4. I really didn't figure this one out which is a testament to the writer.
Dedee1 7 days ago
It seems I got my wish, a third book in the series that ties up a lot of loose ends but leaves an open door for more adventure from Reed and Ellery. They do not need to be read in order, and can be read independently, but it would enhance your knowledge of characters and situations to have done so. Nothing to say but read the jacket cover for a description and read a fairly paced mystery and enjoy it. This is definitely the best book so far, but I enjoyed the other 2 books. Thank goodness Ellie is lightening up a bit, sometimes her reactions are more of a spoiled.brat than a wounded 'warrior'. She can remain a hard core character without being a brat. Great book it will keep you guessing even though you may have a pretty good inkling of 'who dunit'. Enjoy! I received this book as a complimentary copy for an unbiased review. Thanks to the author,publisher,and NetGalley for the ARC.
nhr3bookcrazyNR 7 days ago
3rd book in series. - but the first I've read. I truly enjoyed the book and will definitely go back and read the first two in the series.
MauCarden6 7 days ago
Tolstoy wrote happy families are all alike. Until they aren’t. In All the Best Lies FBI Special Agent Reed Markham is going three for three. His birth mother, the young Puerto Rican, Camilla Flores was brutally murdered forty years ago in Las Vegas, while he lay in a crib in the next room. He is recently divorced from his wife and desperately missing his daughter. Finally, Reed is about to implode his very loving adoptive family thanks to some information he recently discovered. Who better to assist Reed in a good old fashioned implosion than suspended cop Ellie Hathaway? Ellery’s background can exceed even Reed’s. What was the rest of Tolstoy’s quote? “Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Ellery grew up desperately poor. Reed did not. Powerful Virginia politician Angus Markham adopted Reed soon after his mother was murdered. Markham’s wife and their three daughters completely embraced Reed, thrilled to finally have a son and brother. With the new information, Reed has decided to put his analytical, profiling skills to work and discover his mother’s killer. Reed realizes he needs the support of a friend and someone who won’t always let rules stop her. Who better than Ellery? Ellery and Reed experience tremendous growth. Both are forced to learn lessons in trust; sometimes with each other, sometimes with others. They are amply rewarded for their efforts. Reed has always wondered about his might have beens, but now he has glimmerings of the far different ways his life might have played out, so very different from his Virginia upbringing. The plot is superb, it never bogs down, it never bores, nor does it ever leave you rolling your eyes in disbelief. All the Best Lies will leave you guessing, then second guessing yourself. Ellery and Reed travel to Las Vergas, quickly finding the dark side. Yet they are never dismissive of its strange neon beauty. Author Joanna Schaffhausen does an outstanding job writing her secondary characters. Schaffhausen brings Reed’s mother Cammie slowly to life. Her friends and enemies have no problem remembering Reed’s vivacious and loving mother, dead for more than forty years. Reed’s Virginia parents are strongly present, coming from Virginia trying to turn Reed from his impossible task, while still offering their full love and support. Can his sisters be far behind? Reed and Ellery go down a white rabbit hole of an investigation. No one, even 40 years later wants to tell the truth. They persist, proving once again Shakespeare had it right with his “truth will out.” All truths. Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange of a fair and honest review.
Jill-Elizabeth_dot_com 7 days ago
I don't know how, but this series just keeps getting better! In the eagerly-awaited third-in-series, Schaffhausen ups the ante yet again, this time bringing Ellery and Reed together to explore their most significant case together: the murder of Reed's mother forty years ago... The story line hooked me from the description; Schaffhausen's writing sealed the deal once I started reading and throughout much of it I literally couldn't put it down. The character development in this series is incredible. Schaffhausen has done a magnificent job creating wholly damaged, wholly three-dimensional characters that you cannot help but find yourself rooting for - even (especially?) when their decisions are obviously self-destructive. These characters are all damaged - life has thrown the worst it can at many of them, but their ability to ride out the damage and emerge on the other side (albeit battered and dented) with a sense of the importance of survival, even when it seems impossibly difficult, is both impressive and inspiring. Add to that well-paced and perfectly balanced action, mysteries long-thought unsolvable, and clues hidden in the most unlikely of places and the result is a near-perfect mystery/thriller that grabs you by the throat, throws you against the wall, and forces your eyes open even when you think you'd do anything to look away... I really enjoyed the opportunity to explore Reed's family in this one, as well as to get a peek behind the curtain at Ellery's own family history. There's so much potential for future storylines expanding on both of these sets of relationships - as well as the continuing intertwining of Reed and Ellery's lives - and I, for one, cannot WAIT to see where things go from here. It's tough to imagine how Schaffhausen could keep besting herself, but given the successful way she's navigated those waters so far, I don't doubt that she will! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my obligation-free review copy.
JReppy 8 days ago
I was not as excited by this book as the previous books because I was not sure I really liked the idea of Senator Markham, Reed's adopted father, being his biological father (which is revealed at the end of Book 2) or Reed trying to solve his mother's murder forty years ago, with his father being his prime suspect initially. However, I like the Ellery and Reed characters and I was interested to see how Ellery would be utilized in this storyline. In the end, it was an enjoyable book. The mystery behind Camilla's death was quite good, with some surprising twists. I liked the interaction between Reed and his adopted mother, as she sought to protect the family. There was an interesting side-plot involving Ellery and her father. The author did a job good with the evolution of the relationship between Reed and Ellery. She also did a good job of portraying that there is more to "family" than blood relations and the extents that people will go to protect the ones they love. I received a review copy via NetGalley in exchange for a review.
saberle 8 days ago
The first book in the Ellery Hathaway series The Vanishing Season was outstanding. All The Best Lies is the third installment and it is just as good. Our hero, Ellery takes a secondary position as her partner F.B.I. agent Reed grabs the spotlight. He is doing something that he should not. He is trying to solve a cold case, the murder of his mother forty years ago. Reed is helped by Ellery who sees a similar pattern in another murder. Ellery sees similarities between the two murders, and they follow leads that may connect the two murders. The book is well-plotted and thought out and gives the reader much to contemplate.
SheTreadsSoftly 8 days ago
All the Best Lies by Joanna Schaffhausen is a highly recommended mystery/procedural. FBI agent Reed Markham and his friend and suspended cop Ellery Hathaway take on a very personal forty year old cold case in this third book in the Ellery Hathaway series. Reed Markham's birth mother, Camilla Flores, was stabbed and beaten to death in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1975, while her baby, Reed, was in the apartment. Her case was never solved. Reed was adopted by Virginia state senator Angus Markham. So when his sisters ask him to take a mail-in DNA test, just to see if he has some distant biological connection to them, he was hesitant, but did it. Instead of a distant link, Reed learns that adoptive father is actually his biological father. Reed wants to look into his mother's death because now he suspects that his father may be involved. Reed enlists Ellery Hathaway to help him with the investigation. Ellery has her own reasons to want to leave town, not the least of which is that she is currently on suspension from the police force. Reed and Ellery have a complex relationship, but they work well together as an investigative team. They are also tentatively moving toward a closer personal relationship. While this third book in the series can be read as a stand-alone novel, a more complete picture of the relationship between Reed and Ellery will result in reading them in order. They are both complex, flawed characters and have both chemistry with each other as well as a complicated relationship. I have read The Vanishing Season, book one, but not the second, No Mercy. I sort of wish I had read the second book before diving into this one, but Schaffhausen does do a very good job explaining their past while keeping the current investigation/mystery moving along. The writing is excellent and the plot moves along quickly as does the character development. As the two dig deep into the past and try to find out what really happened, it becomes clear that not everyone is telling the truth and there are hidden motives. The clues are followed and Reed and Ellery work well together questioning people and following clues in this intriguing procedural/mystery. Be prepared for several surprises as the investigation unfolds and an ending which ties everything together. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Macmillan Publishing.
NJ_Reader19 8 days ago
Ellery Hathaway is still suspended, so she might as well go to Las Vegas with FBI Agent Reed Markham to help him follow new leads in his mother's murder. Ellery survived an infamous serial killer as an adolescent, rescued by Reed Markham himself, and is still dealing with the fall-out from that trauma. Nonetheless, she is a smart investigator and and useful ally for Reed as he begins to investigate secrets that people would rather he just leave alone. Another good chapter in the continuing saga of Reed and Ellery, though I hope a fourth book will move past their family histories to find a fresh case to pursue. Thanks to NetGalley for a digital ARC.
Dee_Arr 8 days ago
Reed Markham and Ellery Hathaway team up once again, this time to investigate a forty-year-old cold case that involves Reed’s murdered mother, Camilla Flores. There are plenty of suspects thrown our way and a couple of surprises at the end. The sexual tension between Reed and Ellery is a major part of the book, and author Joanna Schaffhausen does her best to continue to throw up roadblocks between the pair. Both have been through emotional times in their pasts, and must battle their individual demons if they are ever going to come together. Of course, the book is primarily a mystery, filled with red herrings and a lot of gathering and sifting through the clues to discover who killed Reed’s mother. Although all the plot aspects are possible, I struggled to believe the plausibility of some of them. There is also the question of the credibility of police officers who have worked the case over the years, which enables Ellery and FBI Agent Reed to reopen the case and find clues that have somehow been missed or ignored over the years. One or two items might have been able to be brushed aside, but when everything is tied together, the entire line of reasoning strained this reader’s ability to believe the story. I enjoyed the clever descriptions the author would insert from time to time, creating images that would stick in my mind long after the passage had been initially read. These usually followed an emotional scene, and the words employed amplified what the characters were feeling. Overall, I found this to be Ms. Schaffhausen’s best book so far. Other than the previously mentioned issues with suspending disbelief, most of the clues are explained or justified by the end of the book. Fans will love this book. Three-and-a-half stars. My thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Minotaur Books for a complimentary electronic copy of this title.
livlife 11 days ago
Who murdered Reed's mom Camilla?What seems like a case gone cold Reed will not rest until he finds out the truth so with Ellery at his side they delve into the case of his murdered mom. This book starts a bit slow but after you start reading it gets more intriguing as you try to figure out who and why would someone kill Camilla. There is two huge twists in this book especially the end which I loved! I was pleasantly surprised that I really enjoyed the book. I would definitely recommend the Ellery Hathaway series. Every book has enough mystery to keep you interested and Ellery and Reed are two great characters to follow.
marquis784MA 12 days ago
This is the third book in the Ellery Hathaway series. I received a complimentary digital copy of this arc book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. In the second novel, the saga of Ellery Hathaway continues. She is a patrol officer on leave after the traumatic events in book 1 where it ended with her killing the criminal responsible for series of missing persons. She meets several people in her mandated victims of violence support group with whom she can’t help but feel compelled to meddle into their unsettling situations. Reed Markham, the FBI agent who found her years ago, returns once again to assist Ellery with her mission for justice. This third book turns the focus to Reed Markham and the situation leading to his “stress leave” in book one. His story slowly unfolds during the first two novels where he shares that he was adopted by an influential political family after the murder of his biological mother. When one of his sisters decides it would be a fun surprise for them to take DNA ancestry tests, Reed begins to wonder about the circumstances regarding his mother’s unsolved murder. Encouraged by Ellery, the two embark on a quest to uncover the secrets from the past which some people are willing to kill to keep from being revealed. Reed begins to question the people that raised him and how they could be involved with his mother’s death.
rlane 13 days ago
Ellery Hathaway, a police officer, and FBI Agent, Reed Markham have a complicated past. Years ago, Reed saved fourteen-year-old Ellery from the clutches of a deranged serial killer, something that left a mark on them both. In Vanishing Season (book one), Ellery, asks for Reed’s help with a case, and they’ve been sort of attached since. Solving cases is the excuse that brings them together, but they’re drawn to each other, and while the mysteries they investigate are thrilling, I’ve been more fascinated with their evolving relationship. As I said, their relationship is complicated since Ellery went through a horrific event: kidnapped, and held for three days before Reed found her, so even though years have gone by she’s still dealing with the emotional fallout. Reed initially feels a lot of guilt over his attraction, since Ellery was a victim, and she’s several years younger. As the story progresses Reed has come to terms with the fact that Ellery is no longer the child he rescued, but a grown woman and survivor. Strong, intelligent, but with a determination that gets her into trouble at times. Reed has his own troubles: work, a failed marriage, and the struggles of joint custody. Not a fan of his ex-wife. I sense a “dog in the manger” sort of situation on her end. No worries, she’s a very minor side character. In this current installment Reed is the one asking for help with a case: the grisly murder of his birth mother, forty-years ago. The case has gone cold, and about to be closed for good. Reed needs someone objective since new DNA evidence makes him question everything he thought he knew about his family and the past. I had strong suspicions which turned out to be right on some things, but I was captivated by every new development! Trying to piece together a mystery from forty-years ago was not an easy feat, especially with all the lies they had to deal with. There were tense moments from unpleasant revelations, especially for Reed, but I think I felt worse for Ellery. The situation with her dad was heartbreaking, and I was so outraged for her! Through it all, Ellery and Reed are there for each other, and I was soooo thrilled! Their relationship has been tentative, slow going with setbacks from misunderstandings, and the baggage of the past, but I have been so hopeful; hanging on every interaction, feeling the passion simmering beneath the surface! I’ve been patiently waiting for these two to realize it’s only a matter of when not if, and finally we’re getting somewhere! All the Best Lies was soooo good! I devoured it in one day, and now I can’t wait for the next one! There was a little happy/bittersweet twist at the end that I wondered about before it was revealed. While All the Best Lies could be read as a standalone, I wouldn’t recommend it. The books are best read in order.